‘Three Musketeers’ Featurette Promises A Truly ‘Updated’ Adaptation

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

three musketeers featurette Three Musketeers Featurette Promises A Truly Updated Adaptation

Filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson and his wife/muse Milla Jovovich are teaming up for a non-Resident Evil action movie this year with The Three Musketeers, the latest screen adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ beloved 1844 adventure novel.

A new featurette has been released for the film, which aims to be even more of an “updated” and contemporary take on the Three Musketeers story than Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes or any one of the upcoming modernized takes on classic 19th century literature (see: Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, etc.).

The previous Three Musketeers trailers have made it no secret that Anderson’s film not only adds 3D gimmickry and modern action movie staples to the mix (slow-mo fighting, accelerated editing), it also incorporates seemingly incongruous technology into the story. Flamethrowers, flying 17th century ships, mechanized crossbows – all that and more show up in Anderson’s Musketeers movie at some point.

Here is the big question, though: Does that mean the film will be a badass period adventure, like star Logan Lerman has promised? Or will it all be too over-the-top and ridiculous for even younger moviegoers, who are the more likely to accept this sort of interpretation of Dumas’ Three Musketeers story?

Check out the new Three Musketeers featurette (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below and decide what you think:

Anderson wisely recruited actors with action movie experience – like Matthew Macfadyen (Robin Hood), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), and Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone) – to portray the actual Musketeers. Likewise, few actresses could convincingly perform Wanted-style stunts in a corset and flowing gown like Jovovich – not to mention that Mads Mikkelson (Casino Royale) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) both look appropriately menacing as the eyepatch-wearing Rochefort and villainous Cardinal Richelieu, respectively.

Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham, on the other hand… well, his appearance alone is a good example of why it’s difficult to say if Three Musketeers will be a hammy but fun period adventure (a la the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie) – or just too dumb to work.

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Three Musketeers was co-scripted by Andrew Davies, who has worked on many a period drama in the past (see: the TV mini-series versions of Wives and Daughters, Sense & Senibility, etc.) – and Alex Litvak, whose sole other writing credit is Predators. So, yeah, Anderson’s film is clearly attempting to work as a marriage between semi-authentic historical storytelling and contemporary mindless action. We’ll just have to wait and see if he can actually pull that (un)holy matrimony off.

The Three Musketeers will arrive in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on October 21st, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers 

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  1. This could be great fun. It could also be terrible. I’ll have to wait and see.

    • yeah they are walking a fine line with thismovie

    • I think it’s GREAT fun! Over-the-top escapism, yes, but not terrible at all. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the first POTC movie, the first Mummy flick or the new Sherlock Holmes, plus the final battle sequence from POTC 3.
      It’s also a little bit like the new Star Trek movie. D’Artagnan is basically an adolecent version of Pine’s Kirk with a bit of Jack Sparrow thrown into the mix (or rather vice versa).
      Let’s put it that way. For some other reason I was rather fed up and p*ssed before seeing the movie in theatre but I left the cinema smiling like a child. It’s a movie that can make you happy if you are into that kind of stuff.

      • And no, I’m not working for the studio… :-)

  2. I think you just summed it up my friend. Perhaps nothing more needs to be said lol.

    • that was aimed at motoko.

      • Yeah, i was kinda covering all bases.

  3. Im down just because Paul WS Anderson is at the helm.

  4. The film is currently up and running here in Germany and it is absolutely wonderful…A fun rollercoaster ride with superb acting and great action. Yeah, it is absolutely crazy and totally non-historical but in a positive way. If you like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies then this movie will be for you…Don’t take it too seriously. It’s supposed to be a mindless and highly entertaining popcorn flick, not a historically accurate account on 17th century warfare.
    Logan Lerman has finally found his perfect part (I hated him as Percy Jackson)The young French king is superb…as is Chrisoph Waltz once again…
    I hope you’ll enjoy this movie as much as I have (I have already seen it twice)…

    9 out of 10

  5. “updated” and “contemporary” are not the two words I want to hear when I’m watching what should be a period piece. This is going to turn out just as silly as the horrid movie remake of the Wild Wild West (they really butchered the spirit of that movie)

    If you want to do something so out of the box I would suggest building your OWN characters and mythical setting (a Victorian steampunk world) around it instead of ruining Alexandre Dumas’ vision.

  6. Will be garbage!

  7. Its already out 1 or 2 weeks in Germany…it was a really fun flick. Good action, good humor, an ok plot. It was a couple of minutes too long for my taste, but a really enjoyable movie! I saw cowboys & aliens the day before and musketeers was way better!

  8. Watching the first trailer, I thought “wtf!?!”.
    Now I am a little more curious, however I am still afraid that while watching it I will hate that they disrespect the original story.

    I loved The Count of Monte Cristo. Well acted, good characters, memorable lines, and great story. Why can’t someone do the same with the musketeers? The one from the 70s with Micheal York was decent. The Disney one from the early 90s I still enjoy regularly. The Man in the Iron Mask could have been amazing without Dicaprio, imho.
    I enjoy the actors playing the 3 Musketeers in this one… I hope I can enjoy their characters and ignore the other fluff, unbelievable sword play, and unreal tech (perfect example with Wild Wild West).

  9. This movie looks incredible!

  10. this looks annoyingly stupid… potc 1 worked because although it was hammy and silly it was set up in the realms of a believable fantasy world structured round a fun tale with decent dialogue which gave it room for suspended disbelief, it’s sequels abused trust that the audience built with the franchise, this reminds me of those sequels

  11. I have to address the comment made in the article about flame throwers?? Greek Fire, and it was used over 2 thousand years ago.